What does the title The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven demonstrate?

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In his fiction, Sherman Alexie creates a different portrayal of American Indians from the one that has been presented to us in white American folklore and in the popular culture. Native Americans are often dispossessed, suffering from chronic problems that are the legacy of the centuries of mistreatment and, in fact, genocide inflicted upon them. The title of Alexie's collection of stories relates to this disconnect between reality and the traditional portrayal of the American Indian by the white establishment.

In The Lone Ranger radio and television series of the period from about 1940 to 1960 (the reruns were shown for years afterward), the title character is a masked white man who carries out an independent form of righteous justice against lawbreakers in the old American West. He is accompanied by a Native American man named Tonto, who is his companion and partner in crimefighting. It is a sort of Batman and Robin team, but one in which the Robin figure, Tonto, is a member of the race that...

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